For the past 139 years, on the first Saturday in May, women have donned obnoxiously large hats and sipped mint juleps, men have bet their hard earned money, and three-year-old thoroughbreds have sped down a track in Louisville, Kentucky in an attempt to claim the biggest prize in horse racing. The ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Saturday, August 4. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue.
Now is the time for all good cultured TV-owners with new apartments to show off to hold 2012 Kentucky Derby parties and try to remember to call it, while sipping what they hope to be a mint julep, the 138th renewal. In fact, it might be a little late--no doubt Mike Shannon is already "on assignment. ... More >>
Last time we ventured to Fairmount Park in '09, the JumboTron was in much need of repair.The long legal battle between Illinois horse tracks and casinos is over. After losing an appeal and failing to get a hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois casinos said goodbye this week to $141 ... More >>
Image sourceHopefully Devon "The Great" Alexander doesn't KO the local gamblers. The sweet science and the sport of kings. They are hands-down the two greatest sports on which to gamble. Both of them are coming to St. Louis tomorrow, live and in full effect. Devon Alexander will take on Andriy Ko ... More >>
To be sure, there were more than a few good places to watch the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Photographer Lee Harris shows the scene at the Royale on Kingshighway. The restaurant-and-bar held its fifth-annual Derby party, complete with live music, (Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three) and a "best ... More >>
The Kentucky Derby is described as the most exciting two minutes in sports. But as exciting as it may be, not everybody is willing to make the drive to Louisville for a two-minute race. If you're looking for a place to watch the race in St. Louis -- maybe drink a few Mint Juleps or sport that fun ... More >>
Horse racing fans celebrated yesterday like a gambler who just hit the daily double. A last-minute deal was reached to allow Fairmount Park to host 52 days of live racing in 2010, as opposed to the three days the track was stuck with after a prolonged labor dispute.It's not exactly a full schedule ... More >>
Just got off the phone with Lanny Brooks, director of the Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association. He confirmed the early reports that Fairmount Park will indeed host 52 days of horse racing in 2010, a full schedule.Image ViaThe announcement was made official at a 1:30 p.m. pres ... More >>
Image viaThe owners of Fairmount Park might as well have hit a superfecta, a quadrella, and a pick four in the same afternoon of betting -- the jackpot they're about to cash-in is just that huge.Today, after nearly three years of legal wrangling, the area's only horse track will likely finally re ... More >>
After trying for years to get slot machines at tracks, the Illinois horse-racing community is hoping the next-best thing will help the troubled industry. Yesterday the Illinois Racing Board legalized online gambling for horse racing. As the Belleville News-Democrat reports this morning, the ... More >>
Good news horse-racing fans. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal filed by four Chicago-area casinos over a special fund established to help horse racing. The fund, passed into law in 2006, required Illinois' four biggest casinos (all located near Chicago) to set aside part ... More >>
The Sky Music Lounge
930 Kehrs Mill Road, Ballwin
A little presidential horseplay
7 p.m. Friday, September 21. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Unreal talks ponies with a true racing expert, learns some things about mowing (severed toes are bad) and receives a particularly biting Commontary.
(The horse, not the paper.)
Unreal prays, then bets it all on our namesake equine. Then, we get schooled in vocab by a fifteen-year-old.
Unreal stands up for stooping and encounters a local blogger who only has eyes for the Tampon Fairy. Plus, in a shocking move not seen since the Mesozoic era, the Mississippi River leaves St. Louis!
Championship prediction: Big Ten dark horse gallops to victory
Fairmount Park's owner can't squander his prize filly's talent on home turf
A good time is in the cards
A late push for slot machines in Springfield may be Fairmount Park's silver bullet
Churchill Downs, 700 Central Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky, 502-636-4400
Some Lou denizens feel dissed by Miss USA (but Unreal still loves her!), a Pattonville student is treated criminally, and an 84-year-old grandma praises the Rams in song; plus, we clock local athletes on our gaydar
Monarch, 7401 Manchester Avenue, 314-644-3995
Ralph and Raul Martinez
Local rodents psych themselves up for the Cheese Hill Downs
On top of old Fairmount: Collinsville's humble racecourse is home to one of the nation's winningest Thoroughbred owners
Plein air party in Augusta